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Top hybrid and electric marine propulsion system integrators team up with Corvus Energy for ESS

Top hybrid and electric marine propulsion system integrators team up with Corvus Energy for ESS

On the occasion of being named 2017 Supplier of the Year by Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology journal for the third consecutive year, we at Corvus Energy would like to recognize the companies and the people who specify and integrate Corvus Energy ESS battery systems into their advanced marine propulsion systems.  These designers and executives share our vision of accelerating the shift to environmentally sustainable energy solutions.

Siemens—Leading the greening of the industry, Siemens has supplied propulsion systems for more hybrid and electric vessels than any other integrator. Vessels include Norled, Fjord1 and Scandlines fleet of hybrid ferries, a Norled all-electric ferry, as well as a variety of hybrid tugboat, fishing, and offshore drilling platform supply vessels.
“Siemens is an industry leader in the development of environmentally friendly propulsion technologies. For smaller vessels, we have developed BlueDrive PlusC, an extremely flexible, compact and high-capacity electric hybrid propulsion system which is designed to provide maximum efficiency. When integrated with a Corvus lithium ESS we can nearly eliminate all emissions.”
Ole Johan Hungnes, Sales Manager, Siemens Marine

Wärtsilä—Wärtsilä provided the propulsion systems for Norled’s full-electric ferry, Fogelfonn, and is currently retrofitting their second Eidesvik Offshore drilling platform supply vessel.
“Corvus Energy, and more specifically the Orca Energy ESS, was selected for its compelling safety, performance and return on investment. Based on the innovative approach of Orca and Corvus’ industry leading experience, ship owner Eidesvik has complete trust in this solution.”
Dag Håvard Håvardsholm, Wärtsilä

Elkon—Elkon of Turkey has provided the propulsion systems used in two Seaspan hybrid cargo ferries in British Columbia, Canada.
“Integrating the proven Corvus ESS technology into our new LNG-battery vessels will help us achieve our goal of minimizing the environmental impact of our operations, while reducing fuel consumption and operating costs. Corvus’ experience, industry leadership and safety record made it an easy decision to utilize their battery systems.”
Jonathan Whitworth, CEO, Seaspan

Aspin Kemp & Associates—Applied in hybrid tugboats and dive support vessels, Aspin Kemp & Associates has integrated Corvus Energy ESS into its hybrid propulsion systems.
“XeroPoint hybrid has been proven to offer significant benefits. The diesel-electric system illustrates our ability to allow the operator to configure their power plant based on their specific operational requirements, ultimately resulting in improved performance and safety.”
John Eldridge, Hybrid Project Manager, Aspin Kemp & Associates

BAE Systems—BAE Systems is supplying their HybriDrive Propulsion System in a 500-passenger tour boat, a hybrid catamaran dive platform and research lab, and a 132-foot Brigantine Tall Ship.
“Our ongoing collaboration with Corvus Energy adds significant value to our hybrid system programs, and we look forward to continuing that work.”
Yesh Premkumar, Project Manager of Fuel Cell and Maritime Programs, BAE Systems

Ingeteam—Ingeteam provided the propulsion system for Dutch operator TESO’s hybrid ferry.
“TESO’s investment shows our ongoing commitment to increasing efficiency in our systems. These efficiencies will not only benefit the company and customers in terms of reduced costs, but also the environment in terms of reduced emissions.”
Cees de Waal, Directeur, TESO

Halvorsen Power Systems—Halvorsen is taking the lead on the retrofit of a Norwegian marine research vessel.
“The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus was an extremely compelling solution for this application. By combining industry leading safety, performance and economic feasibility, Corvus has achieved the ultimate maritime ESS and we really enjoy working closely with the skilled and enthusiastic Corvus team.”
Hans Petter Heggebø, CEO, Halvorsen Power Systems

General Electric— GE’s Power Conversion business has built a marine power test facility and customer demonstration center that integrates  GE technologies and the Orca ESS from Corvus Energy, for merchant, naval and offshore applications.
“GE selected Corvus after a rigorous evaluation process, based on their superior safety, functionality and advanced design. We look forward to utilizing the Orca ESS to add significant value to our hybrid systems in our marine and other markets and to demonstrating it to our customers in our new customer demonstration center.”
Jon Childs, GE Marine Application Engineering

ACEL—The Norwegian integrator is doing testing across multiple maritime applications.
“ACEL selected Corvus based on their innovative leadership in the marine ESS market which is proven by the performance capabilities, safety and design of their new Orca ESS. We look forward to utilizing the Orca ESS to add significant value to our marine projects well into the future.”
Hans-Tore Jenssen, Department Manager Power System,  ACEL

CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE)—In a related maritime application, CCCCSEE has integrated Corvus Energy ESS into hybrid RTG port cranes for Shanghai’s Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. (“ZPMC”), the world’s largest port crane manufacturer.
“CCCCSEE continues its corporate vision of industry leading engineering excellence with the advanced integration of energy storage technology to our port operations infrastructure, and Corvus technology is a cornerstone of this strategy. Corvus battery systems deployed last year have met and exceeded expectations in performance and cost savings. The proven performance, durability and reliability of its battery systems is ideally suited for the demands of our industrial applications.”
Gao Jianzhong, Chief Engineer, CCCCSEE

We have also had the pleasure of working with numerous other industry leaders, and look forward to telling you about many more projects in the future. Subscribe to Corvus Energy Updates or Follow Corvus Energy on LinkedIn for all the latest news.

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Corvus Energy to Display Advances in Industry-Leading Energy Storage Solution at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017

Corvus Energy to Display Advances in Industry-Leading Energy Storage Solution at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017

At the upcoming Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, June 6-8, Corvus Energy will display the latest enhancement to its Orca™ product lines—Orca Energy and Orca Power—the industry’s safest and most capable Li-ion battery systems for energy storage and electric power applications. “We expect particular interest in our liquid-cooled battery systems that make it possible to discharge and charge at the highest C-rates in the industry,” says Sean Puchalski, VP of Strategic Marketing & Accounts at Corvus Energy.

It was almost a year ago that Corvus Energy was awarded Supplier of the Year at the 2016 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards. It was the second consecutive year that Corvus Energy had received the award, prompting awards panel judge, John Snyder, editor-in-chief and publisher of Marine Log to declare, “It’s hard to find a hybrid or electric marine power project that they don’t have a hand in.”

The pace has not slowed for Corvus Energy in the past year, with the release of its Orca™ product line and expanded adoption of Corvus energy storage solutions in maritime applications—both on land and at sea.

“We at Corvus Energy are thrilled that we continue to be selected by leading propulsion system partners and shipbuilders who share our vision of cleaner energy solutions,” reports Puchalski. “Since the launch of Orca less than a year ago, we have won 24 deals totaling 15MWh, and the technology advancements in our latest Orca product releases will only improve the viability of our systems in a greater range of maritime applications.”

In the past year, Corvus Energy has cemented its relationship with Scandlines with a long-term agreement to remotely monitor and service the Corvus battery systems on Scandlines hybrid ferries—the world’s largest fleet of newbuilt and retrofitted hybrid ferries.

Corvus Energy also provided the Energy Storage System (ESS) for three cargo ferries: two LNG-battery hybrids for Seaspan Ferries of Canada transporting cargo in the waters of British Columbia, and one hybrid in partnership with Halvorsen Power Systems to operate in Danish waters. “The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus was an extremely compelling solution for this application,” said Hans Petter Heggebø, CEO at Halvorsen Power Systems AS. “By combining industry leading safety, performance and economic feasibility, Corvus has achieved the ultimate maritime ESS with Orca and we really enjoy working closely with the skilled and enthusiastic Corvus team in Bergen.”

The sheer variety of marine applications in which Corvus Energy has been involved in the past year—which include two European polar expedition cruise ships, research and fish farm support vessels in Norway, and a San Francisco Bay area’s Educational Tall Ship—highlight the range of interest in electric and hybrid propulsion systems in waterways around the globe.

On land, maritime ports in China are leading the way in reducing emissions by using hybrid gantry cranes incorporating Corvus energy storage solutions. “Gantry cranes have demanding power requirements, and the compact and rugged nature of Corvus battery systems fits the application well,” say Puchalski. “Offsetting demands on diesel generators, and recovering energy from container lowering, can reduce fuel consumption by 55% to 75% and dramatically reduce emissions.”

Visit Corvus Energy at Booth E2010 at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo.

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Corvus Energy Earns Accolades for its Role in Clean Energy Adoption

Corvus Energy Earns Accolades for its Role in Clean Energy Adoption

Corvus Energy has been named a finalist in the BC Tech Association’s Technology Impact Awards in two categories: Excellence in Product Innovation and Adoption of Technology along with Seaspan Ferries Corporation.

We are seeing a welcome interest and increasing commitment—particularly in Scandinavian countries and recently in Canada—towards cleaner energy sources for marine propulsion systems.

Driven largely by forward-thinking government agencies and visionary vessel owners and shipbuilders, fleets of diesel-powered drives are being retrofitted or replaced with hybrid or fully electric propulsion. The result is reduced combustion of diesel fuel, lower CO2 and other GHG emissions, less particulate air pollution, and quieter operation. “The vision of sustainable energy is core to Corvus Energy’s corporate mission,” says Corvus Energy president and CEO, Andrew Morden. “We are thrilled to be recognized as leaders in this movement.”

Corvus Energy battery systems have been integral to the designs of numerous first-ever and award-winning hybrid and electric marine vessels. Corvus Energy is proud to have collaborated with the following companies to showcase a variety of environmentally progressive energy solutions:

Seaspan Ferries – Canada. Two Seaspan cargo ferries are the first dual-fuel Diesel/LNG and battery energy storage hybrid ferries outside of Europe. Corvus Energy battery systems are used for spinning reserve and power for responsive harbour maneuvering. The innovative hybrid propulsion system reduces fossil fuel emissions and greatly improves operational efficiency and safety. Corvus Energy and Seaspan are finalists in the category of Adoption of Technology for the 2017 BC Technology Impact Awards.
Read the Seaspan press release

Norled – Norway: The world’s first battery-driven, zero-emissions car ferry replaces a conventional diesel-powered ferry that consumed one million liters of diesel fuel annually and produced roughly 2,680 tonnes of CO2 and 37 tonnes of nitrogen oxides annually. The project earned the prestigious title of Ship of the Year awarded by Norwegian trade journal Skipsrevyen. Corvus Energy provides propulsion and house power, as well as shore charging stations.
Read the Norled case study

Scandlines – Denmark: Corvus Energy has become the standard electric battery power solution for the Scandlines fleet of hybrid ferries. Fuel consumption has been reduced to almost one third per crossing per car. Fini Hansen, Technical Superintendent, Fleet Management at Scandlines Denmark, says, “The system reduces the vessels’ pollution impact while in port, improves fuel efficiency and extends the life of the diesel drivelines by a factor of three.”
Read the Scandlines case study

Østensjø Rederi – Norway: Corvus Energy batteries are used in two offshore oil drilling platform supply vessels—Edda Ferd and Edda Freya—to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by allowing the vessel’s diesel generator to operate at optimal efficiency. The North Sea platform supply vessel was awarded the prestigious Environmental Award by Offshores Support Journal.
Read the Østensjø Rederi case study

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Corvus Energy as one of the NCE Maritime CleanTech companies to showcase at the Nor-Shipping Disruptive Sustainability Hall

http://www.nor-shipping.com/press-release-nce-maritime-cleantech-companies-flock-shipping-disruptive-sustainability-hall/

Press release: NCE Maritime CleanTech companies flock to Nor-Shipping Disruptive Sustainability Hall

Seven of the key players in the Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE) Maritime CleanTech cluster have signed up for Nor-Shipping 2017’s ground-breaking Disruptive Sustainability exhibition hall.

Bostek, Corvus Energy, NorthSea Container Line, Servogear, The Switch Norway, Wärtsilä and Westcon Power & Automation will all showcase their abilities in a unique space that aims to challenge convention and embrace innovation, priming the industry to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Nor-Shipping, the leading maritime event week, taking place across a series of venues in Oslo and Lillestrøm from 30 May to 2 June, has dedicated the whole of its Hall A to the concept. In doing so it hopes to open the industry door to new ways of thinking, working together and innovative technologies – taking ideas and influence from outside arenas, such as the tech and business sectors, and building a platform for fresh collaborations.

According to Sofia Fürstenberg, Nor-Shipping’s Project Manager for Disruptive Sustainability, NCE Maritime CleanTech is the perfect partner for this new philosophy.
“This cluster, situated on the West Coast of Norway, is a global leader in developing energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technologies that have the potential to transform sea transportation,” Fürstenberg notes. “Through a unique collaborative approach, where there is a cross fertilisation of ideas and opportunity, they arrive at solutions that impact upon every link in the maritime value chain, from subsea, to marine and throughout the energy sector.

“They will deliver a range of memorable takeaways for the 35,000 people that visit Nor-Shipping, showcasing green hybrid and electric solutions, alongside technology that enables increased digitalisation and the shift towards autonomy. For us, this cluster, which won the prize as Norway´s leading innovation environment in 2016, encapsulates the concept, opportunity and huge benefits of Disruptive Sustainability.”

NCE Maritime CleanTech will join a range of high profile exhibitors that have already booked their place in the 1245 sq. m hall, including DNV GL, DNB and Siemens. Billed as a dark, immersive and uniquely engaging space, it’s an experience that Hege Økland, CEO of NCE Maritime CleanTech, is looking forward to.
“This concept is perfect for our cluster,” she comments. “We intend to showcase sustainable solutions that disrupt industry norms, pointing the way towards new possibilities for the future maritime sector.”

“Cluster collaboration is decisive for green innovation. We represent companies that have developed the first zero-emission car ferry in the world, the first hybrid-OSV, and, later this year, a new solution for inductive charging. And that’s just mentioning a few of our collective achievements. ‘Seeing is believing’ and at Nor-Shipping we aim to present our ground-breaking solutions in a way that will inspire, engage and connect with today’s, and tomorrow’s, key maritime players.”

Alongside Hall A, Nor-Shipping offers a further five themed halls, covering the full spectrum of maritime products, services and solutions. In total, almost 1,000 companies will be showcasing themselves to the industry, future talent and shipping value chain stakeholders.

Nor-Shipping is also presenting a diverse and powerful speaker and event line-up, with a packed programme of business and social gatherings across city centre Oslo and its facilities in Lillestrøm.

Nor-Shipping 2017
Nor-Shipping 2017 takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 30 May to 2 June 2017.

The main exhibition features five themed halls:
Disruptive Sustainability in Hall A
IT & Navigation in Hall B
Safety & Rescue in Hall C
Shipbuilding & Repair in Hall D
Maritime Services & Logistics in Hall E
Propulsion & Machinery in Hall E

A full programme of events, initiatives and keynote speakers will be released on the Nor-Shipping website soon http://www.nor-shipping.com

For further information please contact:
Birgit M. Liodden
Director Nor-Shipping
Tel.: +47 95 17 13 89
Mail: bml@nor-shipping.com

Per Martin Tanggaard
Exhibition Director Nor-Shipping
Mobile: +47 97 76 77 45
Email: pmt@nor-shipping.com
Sofia Fürstenberg
Project manager – Disruptive Sustainability
Mobile: +45 40 19 02 34
Email: disruptive@nor-shipping.com

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AAM Wins Hybrid Passenger Vessel Contract

AAM Wins Hybrid Passenger Vessel Contract

MarineLink
February 13, 2017
All American Marine, Inc. (AAM), inked a deal for the construction of a new hybrid electric passenger vessel to be delivered to the Red and White Fleet of San Francisco, California.  The contract for the new 600 passenger aluminum monohull was signed during the recent annual Maritrends Conference put on by the Passenger Vessel Association.
AAM’s latest contract follows an earlier announcement made by the company regarding a construction agreement for a 500 passenger aluminum monohull tour boat for Argosy Cruises of Seattle, WA.  Both operators were originally pursuing construction contracts for steel monohulls, but AAM was successfully able to demonstrate considerable savings in construction and maintenance costs with an aluminum design, while ensuring delivery of a robust and solid hull structure.  These contracts bode well for AAM, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary and is in the process of moving into a brand new purpose-built ship building facility at nearby Squalicum Harbor.  Argosy will take delivery of their vessel in the late fall and the Red and White Fleet will receive their new craft in the late spring of 2018.
The new vessel for Red and Fleet, to be christened, Enhydra, will be the first aluminum hulled, Lithium-Ion battery-electric hybrid vessel built from the keel up under US Coast Guard subchapter-K passenger vessel regulations and the latest guidelines for structural fire protection.  The vessel will be 128’ long with a moulded beam of 30’ and is specifically designed for harbor tours of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Guests on board Enhydra will be able to experience amazing views of the bay and cityscape from each of the three decks, complete with their own convenient snack bar.  The second level offers a full wrap around viewing deck with access to the enlarged bow foredeck, which is sure to become a favorite photo spot.  The top deck is completely open and offers plenty of outdoor seating for sun soaking or respite from the busyness of the city.
All American Marine partnered with BAE Systems (BAESY) to design and integrate the complete battery electric hybrid system.  BAE Systems will supply their HybriDrive Propulsion System that includes a generator, control system, and AC electric traction motor.  The generator will mount to a variable speed Cummins (CMI) QSL9 410 mhp@2100 rpm diesel engine.  The motor generator offers diesel-electric operation of the AC traction motor which is coupled directly to the propulsion shaft.    With this configuration, torque is immediately available for the propeller and the speed can be precisely controlled without the need for a reduction gear.
The hybrid system will also utilize battery power from two 80 kWh Lithium-ion battery packs.  The batteries will come from Corvus Energy and are supplied under their next generation Orca Energy line.  The BAE HybridDrive system can automatically utilize full electric battery operation at slower speeds and when maneuvering in and out of the harbor.  At higher speeds, the generator will automatically engage and augment the additional power demands of the traction motor.  The battery system is sufficient to meet the entire demand of the vessel’s hotel load while at the same time providing silent and emission-free operation of the propulsion system during an evening sunset cruise.  Red and White Fleet’s Vice President of Operations, Joe Burgard, expressed “We are very pleased with the team All American Marine has put together to deliver this unique vessel and are eager for our guests to experience San Francisco Bay from the silent decks of the Enhydra in 2018. We see the propulsion configuration on the Enhydra as phase one in our move toward the full electrification of our fleet. Stay tuned for phase two.”
 
All American Marine Inc., located on the shores of Bellingham Bay, was founded in 1987 and specializes in the construction of custom tailored aluminum boats.  Today, the company has become a leading builder of high speed passenger catamarans, monohull tour boats, survey craft, and research vessels.  All American Marine is the exclusive builder for Teknicraft Design Ltd. catamarans in North America.
Founded in 1892, the historic Red and White Fleet is legendary for its premier San Francisco Cruises. Family owned, the Red and White Fleet is committed to environmental sustainability and community education as one of the oldest businesses operating in the San Francisco Bay area.
http://www.marinelink.com/news/passenger-contract-hybrid422009?utm_source=MT-ENews-2017-02-13&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MT-ENews
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New Battery System for Shanghai Port Cranes

New Battery System for Shanghai Port Cranes

The Maritime Executive

ShanghaiShanghai

By MarEx 2017-02-09 18:50:52

Corvus Energy will provide newly-designed lithium-ion energy storage systems for a hybrid rubber-tired gantry crane (RTG) designed by CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering.

The new solution, being taken up by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry, the world’s largest port crane manufacturer, is a smaller, ultra high power, liquid cooled system designed specifically to meet the RTG power requirements more cost effectively.

The first order is destined for Shanghai International Port Group and will be installed in Yidong Terminal, Shanghai.

Unlike conventional diesel electric port cranes, the CCCC hybrid version is powered primarily from the Corvus system resulting in fuel savings of up to 65 percent, says Corvus, with the added benefits of reduced operating costs with less greenhouse gas emissions and lower noise levels at the terminal.

Corvus makes industrial-grade lithium ion batteries that are used for making hybrid and electric ships, offshore drill rigs and port equipment. These batteries are combined into the diesel-electric drive trains of these industrial vehicles. The benefits are similar to the Prius and Tesla cars, (i.e. lower fuel consumption and emissions, better responsiveness and lower maintenance costs), but on a much larger scale because the industrial equipment has greater energy demands and generally work around the clock.

Gantry cranes are typically inefficient, running a diesel genset at full RPMs regardless of how much work they are actually doing. Therefore, during waiting, or low activity periods, a lot of fuel is wasted, says Corvus spokesman Sean Puchalski.

“Also, when they lower the containers, the electric motors spin backwards and generate energy. In a typical crane, this energy is wasted into heat by running it through a large resistor bank. The heat dissipates into the environment.

“Adding the battery helps in two ways: 1) it allows a smaller diesel engine to be installed, which saves fuel; and 2) the battery collects the energy from container lowering, for re-use, instead of wasting it. This improves fuel consumption.”

In addition to battery hybridization, some gantry cranes are being connected to the electrical grid to get completely off diesel gensets. This results in very good fuel cost improvements and also emission reductions, says Puchalski. However, this approach requires a large capital outlay for the electrical distribution and also reduces the mobility of the cranes.

The same types of technology are deployable around the globe. However, there are three main factors spurring the adoption of batteries in port equipment: 1) higher fuel prices; 2) busier ports; and 3) concerns about climate issues. These factors are strongest in China, Northern Europe and California at the moment, and this is where we will see the greatest early adoption, says Puchalski.

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WE Tech and Corvus for Stenersen hybrid tanker

WE Tech and Corvus for Stenersen hybrid tanker

The Motorship
03 Feb 2017

Stenersen's hybrid chemical tankers will feature energy storage solutions from WE Tech and Corvus

Stenersen’s hybrid chemical tankers will feature energy storage solutions from WE Tech and Corvus

Norwegian ship owner Rederiet Stenersen is building what are claimed to be the first tankers to feature hybrid electric propulsion, with WE Tech and Corvus Energy set to deliver the energy storage solution.

The owner is building two 17,500dwt chemical tankers (with an option for two more) at Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding Co in China. The vessels will employ a direct drive permanent magnet shaft generator and an energy storage solution from WE Tech. Power generated through the shaft or supplied from shore connections will be converted to electricity and stored in a Corvus Orca Energy lithium-ion battery pack.

“As far as we are aware, Stenersen is the first company to have installed such equipment on this type of vessels,” said John Stenersen, director ship management, Rederiet Stenersen.

Stenersen noted that WE Tech’s Energy Storage Solution can be used as a spinning reserve to avoid black-out and to decrease the usage of generators on low load during manoeuvring. It can also be used for peak shaving, eliminating the need to start additional generator sets for short increase in loads and ensuring optimal running condition for online generator sets.

“Both situations create us savings from reduced generator running hours,” Stenersen added.

Halvard Hauso, senior vice president business development, Corvus Energy said: “This latest order from WE Tech Solutions shows the viability of energy storage for the hybridization of longer-haul vessels. As the cost of lithium ion batteries continues to improve we will see more and more applications beyond the traditional ferry and tug base.”

The first vessel, newbuild TK1201, is due for delivery in the first quarter of 2018. Steel cutting began on 10 November 2016. The WE Tech and Corvus equipment will be delivered in the second quarter of this year.

– See more at: http://www.motorship.com/news101/engines-and-propulsion/we-tech-and-corvus-for-stenersen-hybrid-tanker#sthash.pYVbodTv.dpuf

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First hybrid ferry delivered for West Coast cargo service

First hybrid ferry delivered for West Coast cargo service

Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant expected to reduce emissions by up to 20 per cent

By Deborah Wilson, CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/first-hybrid-ferry-delivered-for-west-coast-cargo-service-1.3907831

Cargo coming to Vancouver Island will soon have a lighter carbon footprint, according to the Richmond, B.C. company that supplied the battery system for North America’s first hybrid LNG and electricity powered cargo ferries.

The Seaspan Swift, which was delivered this month, will operate between the mainland and Vancouver Island.  A second ferry, the Seaspan Reliant, is due for delivery in early 2017.

The battery systems for the two vessels will provide backup power and are expected to cut fuel costs and emissions by 15 to 20 per cent.

Seaspan says it delivers 50 per cent of all cargo transported to Vancouver Island.

Richmond-based Corvus Energy provided the large lithium-ion battery system for the ferry.

Sean Puchalski, a vice president with Corvus Energy, told On the Island host Gregor Craigie that the conventional way of ensuring backup power is to have a second generator running all the time.

“Essentially, the ferry has LNG generators for its main propulsion and then it also has what most people would consider a rather large battery bank that serves mostly in this case as a spinning reserve,” Puchalski said.

“It helps to save fuel and therefore emissions and helps to make the vessel safer by providing backup power if necessary.”

Battery-only ferries in Europe

Hybrid ferries with a battery storage component are becoming more numerous in Europe, Puchalski said.

“There are some battery-only ferries now in Europe but it’s still a new thing, even over there.”

B.C. Ferry Services is also looking towards hybrid technology for its upcoming purchase of new smaller ferries, spokesperson Deborah Marshall said.

BC Ferries seeks hybrid proposals

“We will be looking for a hybrid solution for our new minor class vessels,” Marshall said.

B.C. Ferries plans to replace three minor vessels, the 43 year-old Nimpkish, the 58 year-old North Island Princess and the 52 year-old Howe Sound Queen.

Meanwhile, Marshall said, the first of BC Ferries’ new LNG-powered passenger vessels, the Salish Orca, is en route to the West Coast and passed through the Panama Canal on Sunday.

It is expected to arrive in B.C. in early January, replacing the 51-year-old Queen of Burnaby and providing service between Comox and Powell River.

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Marine Propulsion: Energy storage systems gain approval

Marine Propulsion: Energy storage systems gain approval

Thu 17 Nov 2016 – Marine Propulsion – Corvus Energy and Saft have each gained approval for their energy storage units from the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA). Corvus said its Orca energy storage system had passed the NMA’s thermal runaway propagation testing, which was witnessed by class society DNV GL. This proves the safety of the storage unit for hybrid or fully electric propulsion systems.

The NMA requires tests to verify that when safety systems are deliberately defeated and thermal runaway of a battery module is induced by overcharging, the thermal runaway is limited to a single module and does not spread to other modules in the battery pack. Corvus demonstrated that Orca was designed with a higher level of fault tolerance by eliminating the possibility of thermal runaway spreading to neighbouring cells within a single module. Corvus executive vice president for sales and marketing Halvard Hauso said Orca had been installed on eight tugs so far. “Our batteries can reduce fuel consumption, can be for peak shaving on a vessel or can be used as back-up to the main propulsion,” he said.

The NMA also approved Saft’s Seanergy marine energy storage system for use in a variety of hybrid and fully electric propulsion applications. This involved thermal runaway tests on new lithium-ion super-phosphate batteries. These passed the test three times with no uncontrolled event and no fire or explosion, with nearby cells remaining in a safe condition and no propagation to neighbouring modules, without any active means of fire suppression.

http://www.mpropulsion.com/news/view,energy-storage-systems-gain-approval_45474.htm

 

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Corvus Powered Superyacht ‘Savannah’ Sweeps 2016 Industry Awards

Corvus Powered Superyacht ‘Savannah’ Sweeps 2016 Industry Awards

Feadship Savannah has won the International Superyacht Society award for Best Power 65m+, giving this 83.50-meter custom motoryacht a clean sweep of all the top superyacht industry awards. This superb achievement is a testimony to the visionary owner and his partnership with Feadship and CGDesign in creating the world’s first hybrid motor-megayacht.

The ‘Best Power 65m+’ prize was awarded to Savannah and Feadship at the 26th edition of ISS’s Awards Gala in Fort Lauderdale. The victory was part of an excellent week for the yacht, which was the undoubted queen of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Huge crowds gathered to gaze at her Sea Foam green coating (the largest object ever given a metallic paint livery) and awesome floating superstructure. And there were gasps of admiration too from the guests invited onboard to see Savannah’s extraordinary interior, including her famous semi-submerged Nemo room.

The week in Fort Lauderdale topped off a great year for Savannah, which had previously taken home prestigious Show Boats Design Awards for ‘best exterior’ and ‘best interior’ as well as the ‘holistic award’. Also in the trophy cabinet is the Neptune prize for the World Superyacht Award in her category and, of course, the World Superyacht ‘Motoryacht of the Year’ award.

“Over a thousand specialists were involved in her creation and the phenomenal final result proves that Feadship’s willingness to venture into uncharted waters with adventurous owners always pays dividends. With her hybrid propulsion system offering fuel savings of up to 30%, Savannah is a winner in every respect.” comments Henk de Vries.

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